The HTC Flounder (aka Volantis, Nexus tablet) receives its WiFi certification as we inch closer to a release

HTC Flounder WiFi Certification

We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter around the internets in recent months about an HTC Volantis, otherwise known as the HTC Flounder. The tablet, which is rumored to be HTC’s entry for the Nexus 9, recently made a pit stop at the WiFi Alliance.

The tablet’s certification clearly lists HTC Corporation under the company name, along with the tablet’s codename appearing in the firmware as “flounder” and the operating system as “Android version L.” Doesn’t get more obvious than that. Also interesting are the 3 separate model numbers for the HTC tablet: 0P8210000, 0P8220000, and 0P8230000. Now the obvious assumption is that it could be referencing different color options, or possible the usual WiFi/LTE equipped models — but then what about the 3rd? We suppose that’s still anyone’s guess at the moment.

It was back in May we first references to an HTC-made “Flounder” tab appear in AOSP and in June, some of the device’s specs were tipped off. While WiFi Certification doesn’t really tell us too much, it is a clear indication of the device’s existence and that — ever so gently — we’re getting closer to an official release.

[WiFi Alliance: PDF Download]

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  • http://www.heliosoptix.com Steven Skwarkowski

    Using a different name in this instance is almost required for HTC. Calling it flounder….well, the rest writes itself.

  • james ortiz

    I hope it’s not a flounder of a tablet.

    • lolwut

      #dadjokes

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    It would be pretty badass if it has wifi direct support for the shield tablet controller.

    • Jay Holm

      Wifi direct isn’t standard at this point?

      • J Cav the Great

        Shamefully…nope.

  • vzwuser76

    Dorfman your delta tau Kai name is flounder.

  • http://batman-news.com Caffiend

    Suddenly I feel a lot better about skipping the 2013 Nexus tablet. Sure, it’s been real hard using the 2012 as my daily driver 1 year too long, but I’ve been waiting for HTC to take up the Nexus reigns for so long. Patients has it’s privileges.

    • J Cav the Great

      I like my 2012. I also skipped the 2013. I use my 2012 for radio, textbook reader, Dead trigger 2, gaming….still runs like a champ!!!! ( I dont have much on it).

      • http://batman-news.com Caffiend

        My only problem with it is the excruciating lag. It’s comparable to whatever that was that borked my 1st gen iPod Touch after update 3. I would love to use it for more than Netflix and the occasional book, but it’s just impossible.

        • kcus kcid

          U try the lagfix app yet?

          • http://batman-news.com Caffiend

            I’ll check it out. Thanks.

    • Martin Lane

      If your a HTC fanboy maybe, for everyone else it’s just another Nexus tablet.

      Also, your missing out because the Nexus 7 2013 is a massive improvement over the 2012 edition which is pretty horrible now, sometimes it doesn’t pay to be a fanboy.

      • http://batman-news.com Caffiend

        I would hardly consider myself a “Fanboy” of HTC. Completely… I am a huge fan of their build quality. Truth be told, I’ve only owned 3 HTC devices in my life, the G1, the MyTouch, and the Sensation. The Sensation being the worst of the bunch. If anything, I am a Nexus fanboy as I decided to go with nexus devices exclusively since my N4, N5 and the N7 2012 version. I skipped the 2013 mainly because I was short on cash at the time and when it did become feasible, it was 6 months in I figured that I would wait till the 2014. The fact that HTC happens to be making it is a bonus. About the only thing that would keep me from buying a Nexus anything is if it were made by Samsung, a company that refuse to purchase devices from again.

        Now, with regard to the “fanboy” title, well, call me what you want. It’s the internet. I’m over you.

    • Scott Stafford

      I sold my 2012 a week or two before the 2013 came out for damn near what I paid for it. The 2013 has treated me well. I also am excited for a HTC tablet, they make quality well thought out hardware and sense is the best overlay in the biz. I have desire for a larger tablet than 7″ though.

  • CGS

    Love HTC and excited for this but that codename is almost like a dare to the universe.

  • Scotsman of Loch Ness

    maybe one is WiFi Only, two is CDMA LTE (VZW/Sprint), and three is GSM/LTE (T-Mo/AT&T).